The waiting is finally at an end for over five thousand 16 year olds in Cumbria, who today receive their GCSE examination results.
Early indications from the initial secondary school and academy returns across Cumbria are positive. There has been an increase from last year in students gaining five or more A*- C grades at GCSE including English and Mathematics.
The following schools have also reported significant individual and school successes:
Richard Rose Morton Academy are delighted with a significant rise in the percentage of A*/A grades as well as significant improvements in numerous subject areas.
At Keswick School 75% of students again achieved five or more A*- C grades including English and Mathematics. There were excellent results across many subjects.
Cockermouth School are also celebrating an excellent set of GCSE results with 23 students achieving five A* grades and 33 students achieving eight or more A* or A grades. 70% of students achieved five or more GCSEs at A*- C grades.
St Benedict’s are again celebrating some excellent results. The proportion of students gaining A*- C in English and Mathematics has improved as has the proportion gaining A*/A grades in these subjects.
At Ullswater Community College 29% of students achieved one or more A*/A grades. The progress students have made in English and in Mathematics has also improved. Nine students achieved A*/A grades in seven or more subjects.
We are also delighted to report that outcomes for children looked after at GCSE have improved by 6% in five or more GCSEs gained in grades A*- C including English and Mathematics; the best results in three years. Six young people achieved excellent individual results. Care leavers who took A-Levels and Level 3 qualifications also achieved very good outcomes.
Seven young people were studying level 3 qualifications and all achieved them. Five of them applied to University this year and will soon set off to study: ICT, Business Studies, Performing Arts, Sports Studies and Social Care. The other two young people are pursuing careers in their vocational subject. These young people are to be congratulated on their hard work.
These are of course at this stage unvalidated outcomes; full results will be announced later in October, when we will also be able to reflect further on local and national comparisons.
The initial results announced today however, do provide a platform from which these young people can continue their learning beyond age 16; through School Sixth Form, Further Education College, Apprenticeships or other work based learning opportunities. Cumbria County Council is working in close partnership with Inspira, schools and a range of other key partners to support all young people to make the right choices at 16 to ensure they stay in appropriate, positive and purposeful learning.
Councillor Clare Feeney-Johnson, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, said: “My congratulations go to all the students in Cumbria, who have received examination results today. For most, these results demonstrate the hard work and dedication they have committed to over the past two years and for which they deserve enormous credit.
“All educational partners across Cumbria have been focused on improving the outcomes for students and we should recognise the critical role that parents, teachers and school leaders have in supporting young people to do the best they can. In the current economic climate the young people of Cumbria face ever increasing competition for courses and jobs, it is therefore essential that everyone works together to support them.
“Special congratulations must be extended to Cumbria Children in Care leavers, who achieved an excellent set of results in the face of various challenges – we’re incredibly proud of their achievements and wish them well for the future, with many heading off to university or to take up vocational courses.”
John Macilwraith, Cumbria County Council’s Corporate Director of Children’s Services, said: “It is positive news, against a backdrop of further examination changes, that Cumbria’s schools overall are increasing the percentage of students gaining five or more passes at grades A*-C including English and Mathematics, an improvement from last year.
“We hope that all students progressing into further education, employment and training have obtained the results they need to do so. If any of our young people receiving results today are unsure about their next step it is important they seek appropriate help and guidance. Local Inspira offices can provide information, guidance and appropriate contacts about the many options available to them.”